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Again advised like a good teacher. keep it up. Aks, follow Andy. To some extent this is helpful to me also.
The information that Andy T has given you is very helpful and really good of him to put a tune down in tab form,especially with the words as well. Providing that you sing the words in your head as you are playing you will be very pleased with the outcome a and you will pick it up very quickly. Another tune which doesn't have any sharps or flats is Pop Goes the Weasel and Raindrops keep falling on mY head.You can also play these tunes on a Hohner Little Lady harmonica which has 4holes or 8 notes,but you need to be able to tongue block.It will not break the bank either.Keep puffing Eric33
If you are time limited, I'd suggest the simple tunes, but ideally both. You say you're concentrating on holding technique, which is easy; it should be whatever you are comfortable with that enables you to get a decent tone, amplification and to move around quickly - though speed should not be your concern at the moment.
Do not be afraid to push the harmonica as far into your mouth as possible. Check out some videos by JP Allen on YouTube on this, he has some very good ones for beginners. The more in your mouth the harp is the better your tone. Tone is the go to thing for all musicians and something you should always aim for. Pushing in may sound counterintuitive if you choose to lip purse/block at first, and it takes a lot of practise, but persevere, it took me a week to got a single note with this method, but it pays off later. It's natural if you tongue block. I started out lip blocking no then learnt tongue blocking. Your lone term gol should be to learn both, but that's long term. Pick whichever one you feel most comfortable with, and which you can use to get a good, well toned, single note.
A good way to practise simple tunes, octaves and scales at the same time is to learn tunes that work across all three. My go to tune for this is somewhere over the rainbow; which I've tabbed below.
(Using the following tablature: '-' for draw and unmarked for blow. '-*' for bending but no bending required for this one. Ignore the full stops, it's the damn autocorrect on my IPad!)
Somewhere over the rainbow
4 7 -7 6 -6. -7. 7
Way up high
4. -6 6
There's a land that I heard of
4. -6. 6. 5. -5. 6. -6
Once in a lullaby
-4. -3. 4. -4 5 4
Someday I'll wish upon a star
6. 5. 6. 5. 6. 5. 6. 5
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
6. -5. 6. -5 6. -5. 6. -5. 6. -6. -7
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
6. 5. 6. 5. 6. 5. 6. 5
Away above the chimney tops
6. -5. 6. -5. 6. -5. 6. -5
That's where you'll find me.
6. -5. 6. -6. 7
(Tabbing is okay to get the holes, but listen to the song as often as possible to get duration of notes and all the other things required. This is why I love YouTube.)
To sustain your zeal and avoid faltering it's best to play tunes you like, or play around with sounds you like. If you don't enjoy it you may be tempted by the dark side (giving up).
And practise in short bursts, rather than long ones. It's like body building, you need to train your muscles, so little and often is best. I'd advise to aim for at least 20 minutes a day for a while. If you want to do more, just do two 20 minute bursts a day, with a decent break between, possible even morning then evening. Or three if you want. You'll soon notice improvements. If you want to do more, then listen to music. That's something we all have to do, listen to all types of music, and all instruments.
Then up to 30 minutes a day. Gradually building up to a length you want. Even doing 20 minutes a day is enough if you haven't much time. Then the bug should get you and before you know it, you'll be laying for hours. It's okay to start with even shorter practises, but generally 20 minutes is the lowest threshold for muscle and lung development.
Sorry this is so long, hope it's not too much (I'm jet lagged and am trying to tire myself out enough to get some sleep).
Should I try some simple numbers first or octave first?
Yes...Practice is the rule, I hope I could sustain the zeal and don't get faltered away at this age
I appreciate the acknowledgement. Its diatonic 10 holes (Hohner). I am starting with the holding technique and the octave.
As Swapan says, pick a familiar tune or two to begin.
Then practise, practise. For more drtailed help ask questions on any issue you come across. Also check out other questions on posts.
That's a marvelous idea Skiathitis. Although I'm not sure we will find any authors. If members are interested I will look at developing a Members articles area.
Welcome to HC. Hope, your new harp is a ten hole diatonic. In this situation try the most common easy birthday song "Happy birthday to you...."
Thank you! Well, I guess "Dylan-style" is where most people start, though I certainly am not there yet.
I definitely hear some Bob Dylan in your style. Cool videos, and really nice website.
Welcome, glad you joined! I bet you won’t have trouble figuring out how to put the emotion into your music. I’ve heard some say that the harmonica may just be the most expressive of all instruments. That’s always my main goal in playing too. What style of music do you enjoy playing most?
I want to learn playing harp for my kids. Just bought an organ. Wish to surprise my 8 year old (who is a pianist himself) on his birthday 2016.
Help me...guide me...!
Sorry, not cleared your feeling. Please be specific what do you want to say.
I just wanted to say hello to everyone. Though certainly no kid, it's only a couple of years ago that I started playing the harp. Now that I've added it to my solo gigs I am finding it hard to play a song without it I hope to get much better at it and learn some new technics, mostly I just hope to be able to get human emotion to come out of an inanimate object.